Exchange overview

Where are crypto currencies traded?

There are now over 1500 crypto exchanges worldwide. Here we give an overview of the most established providers. The list is not exhaustive and without guarantee. Members of the CVJ.CH editorial staff have traded on the listed exchanges to get an impression.

In the following exchange comparison, we distinguish between traditional exchanges, on which one can buy and trade various crypto-currencies, and derivative exchanges which offer leveraged trading for the most important crypto-currencies. The former are suitable for investors who want to buy crypto-currencies and either transfer them into a wallet or trade in Bitcoins and Altcoins from time to time. Derivatives exchanges are suitable for traders who want to trade short-term and with leverage or derivative instruments. Please note the risks involved.

Traditional crypto exchanges

The exchanges listed below are all established names and are among the largest providers. They are suitable for trading crypto-currencies, or for purchasing them and transferring them to your own wallet.

Exchange Börse Kraken
Founded in 2017 2012 2011
Fiat deposit


Jurisdiction HK, JP US US, EU, UK
Spot Market
Currency pairs 875 99 214
Margin trading
Insurance Fund
Fees Maker/Taker Volume-based 0.002% – 0.1% (up to 50% less with BNB tokens) Maker: 0.00-0.50%

Taker: 0.04-0.50%

Maker: 0.00-0.16%

Taker: 0.10-0.26%

Affiliate link 10% discount on fees 10 USD for a Bitcoin purchase of at least 100 USD No Partner Program
Mobile App iOS
Mobile App Android
Deposit methods
credit card, Paypal, instant, bank transfer Bank transfer, 3D Secure Card, Ideal/immediately Bank transfer
Comment Currently the largest crypto exchange in terms of currency pairs and trading volume. BNB Token reduces trading fees. Futures and margin trading are also available. A traditional and established trading place. Various fiat deposit options. FDIC depositor protection on cash holdings for US Americans. Established and with availability of various currency pairs. fiat deposit options.
besides spot trading, margin and futures trading also possible.


Derivatives exchanges

Exchange providers of derivative instruments have specialized in providing leveraged trading of crypto-currencies in the form of futures and option-like instruments. Note the risks involved.

Exchange Börse Bitmex Börse FTX
Founded in 2014 2016 2017
Fiat Deposit
Jurisdiction SYC NL Antigua und Barbadua
Spot market
Currency pairs 59 16 748
(option-like instruments)

(leveraged Token)
Margin trading
Insurance Fund
Maker -0.025%

Taker 0.075%

from 0,02 – 0,075%

Maker: 0,01 – 0,02%

Taker: 0,03 – 0,07%

less when using FTX Token

Affiliate link 10% discount on fees for the first 6 months 10% discount on fees for the first 6 months  5% discount on the fees
Mobile App iOS
Mobile App Android
Deposit methods (EU customers) Bitcoin Bitcoin, Ethereum different cryptocurrencies
Comment One of the first derivatives providers in the crypto-universe. Besides classic leveraged futures, option-like instruments are available for trading. An already dominant derivatives exchange. In addition to futures with various maturities on BTC, ETH and SOL, classic options contracts are also tradable. A relatively young supplier with innovative products. Various index futures or leveraged tokens on individual coins are available. Strong liquidity pool in the background and exchange own FTX token.

Investments, especially in crypto currencies, are always associated with risk. Especially in leveraged instruments, a total loss of the capital invested cannot be ruled out. Crypto-currencies are very volatile and can therefore be exposed to extreme exchange rate fluctuations within a short period of time.

The deposited partner links lead to savings in trading fees of up to 10% during registration. If necessary, the current savings are pointed out during the registration process. All information without guarantee.